With the advent of open floor plans, the traditional self-contained dining room has taken a bit of a backseat in most modern homes. No longer do we have one separate room for dining purposes – the experience is often combined with the living room or the kitchen, or even the outdoors to make it far more convenient and fun. But with this change in design approach also comes a necessity to shape the dining space in a creative and inspiring manner. The spectrum that one would explore towards self-expression through their dining space can range from safe conventional to risqué avant-garde.
Not only for the Zany
The stereotype is that it is only the creative industry practitioners or artists who tend to cross the divide from conservative to outright zany, but that need not be the case. The concept of avant-garde is basically mid century modern on steroids in that it is ultra-minimalist, futuristic and glaringly innovative. Where modern and contemporary dining furniture would be focused on clean streamlined lines, avant-garde would take it a step further and possibly shock, confuse and ultimately grab attention. This design ethic is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but when done cohesively, it can be truly an inspirational marvel.
Cost Saving Options
This design approach is often considered rather expensive because of the cutting-edge materials and finishes that are often used however creativity, and substitution with cheaper materials and DIY can substantially reduce costs, yet still bring about the desired result.
Furniture, ornaments, artwork, carpets, rugs, tiling, painting, wallpaper and of course elements that would not normally be expected in a dining room are all details that can combine to create the avant-garde space. The one challenge though is that the overt attention-seeking nature of this décor style may soon overwhelm the senses and require a revamp much sooner than a more conservative aesthetic would. This would then give one an excuse to have a new dining room for every season.